Be it out of habit or comfort, many patients stay with their same doctor for years on end. But, if they end up moving to a new neighborhood, for example, then they will need to find new doctors. To assist you in a situation like that, below are the essentials on how to prepare for the first time seeing a new dentist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Release of Records Consent
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The first step is to call our office and set up a consultation appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and get to know him better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.
Paperwork and Documentation
If you wish to be treated by our dentist after your consultation appointment, we'll help you set up a treatment appointment. Before this appointment, you will be required to fill out the New Patient forms, along with providing your dental history and records. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to ensure you'll have plenty of time to complete these forms. These forms cover two areas: the first one has to do with your personal information, such as your name, age, home address, etc. The second one has to do with your complete a medical history, such as past medical treatments, dental problems, and details about dental insurance coverage, policy, and provider. Be as precise as possible when answering the questions as any incorrect answer may affect your future treatment.
Our office also gives you the option of completing the forms beforehand. That is, you can visit our website and fill out the health history forms online. This information will be stored in our database and evaluated prior to your session. To download and fill the forms out prior to your appointment, please click the following link:
After evaluating your dental health history, our dentist will examine your gums, teeth, and mouth as part of a comprehensive exam, done to assess the state of your oral health. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before the taking of X-rays.
Our dentist will look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination. And, even when our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, you may still be asked questions about your teeth during the examination in case any issues not mentioned in the forms are found.
After completing the comprehensive exam, our dentist will take an X-ray of your mouth to get a clearer picture of the condition of your teeth and bones and to better analyze oral issues, diseases, and cavities. Panoramic X-rays are the most common types of dental X-rays used as they provide a much detailed view of the teeth and bones, which makes them ideal to spot any impacted teeth or fractures. X-rays only take a few minutes and are completely safe.
Post Examination Discussion
After the dental checkup, our dentist will discuss the findings with you. Our dentist will talk to you about any problems or decay identified and also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic, as well as their costs.
As soon as your session is over, it may be necessary to schedule your follow-up appointments. These follow-up sessions will mostly be for cleaning and preparing your teeth for any upcoming procedure. We recommended that you do not miss your follow-up visits to avoid any cavities, tooth decay, or oral health issues from developing. During these routine check-ups, your teeth are regularly cleaned and treated to make sure that they stay in good shape.